After more than twenty years of service to the WOOD industries of Eastern Canada and their suppliers, the management and team of the Technibois Show want to thank one and all for their support of the eleven Technibois events held in Québec City and the other wood shows held in the Province of Québec and New Brunswick.
The past few years have been difficult for the entire Wood sector and the time has come for a change in the field of activity for the Technibois organization.
In 2013, Gestion T.B. inc. and Promotion Roger inc. have joined to create the “Autonomie Plus” Show, the first show of its kind to be held in the Province of Québec. The show is held for people with disabilities and/or loss of autonomy, their friends, family and care givers where they will find a host of adapted solutions, either products or services.
The Autonomie Plus Show will be held May 30th, 31st and June 1st 2014 at the Centre de Foires of ExpoCité in Québec City.
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- High level of innovation and world premieres on more
than 155,000 square metres
- Product presentations by the 1,500 exhibitors complemented by an informative supporting programme
Visitors should set aside at least two days for the huge range of innovations and special events
The interzum is on course: Koelnmesse is expecting around 1,500 exhibitors to the world’s leading trade fair in May 2013. Many renowned companies will be bringing interesting innovations with them that will be showcased publicly for the first time. Besides the latest products, the informative supporting programme means that it is well worth setting aside at least two days in Cologne.
The Koelnmesse got 2013 off to a blazing start with two major trade fairs, the IMM cologne and LivingKitchen. Now all eyes are expectantly turned towards the world’s leading trade fair interzum that from 13 to 16 May will turn Cologne into the focus for all materials and design-related subjects for furniture manufacturers and interior designers. We can already expect a very high level of innovation among the around 1,500 exhibitors on more than 155,000 square metres: As early as autumn last year, many manufacturers announced that they would not unveil their developments until the interzum.
Furthermore, the extensive and attractive supporting framework programme is certain to attract visitors to the interzum in Cologne; namely the expansive themed piazzas presented by each of the three product segments “Materials & Nature”, “Function & Components” and “Textile & Machinery”. On the “Materials & Nature” piazza in hall 6, real wood and décor are presented in a way that allows them to be experienced with all five senses. In the presentation area, speakers will be showcasing subjects like 3D printing, laser technology in edge processing, trendy décor colours or smart materials. In the superlative event area in hall 10.1 perfectly staged by the “Textile & Machinery” segment, the textile production line for the manufacturing of a car seat is recreated on some 4,500 square metres – including all required machinery. Last but not least, the “Function & Components” area plays host to the “innovation of interior” piazza specially devised for architects and designers. Its lounge and the special exhibition “Smart Materials” specifically target the needs of this visitor group.
The fourth “Innovation Workshop on Wood-based Materials” due to take place on 14 May 2013 in Koelnmesse’s Congress-Centrum Nord also provides interesting incentives. The four topic areas address the current situation in the timber products industry, procedural optimisations, protection of resources as well as special applications and new markets.
Frank Haubold, business area head for the trade fair management therefore recommends: “Countless world premieres, a really comprehensive and informative supporting programme and interesting workshops – any visitor wishing to benefit from all offers should definitely set aside at least two full days in Cologne for the trade fair.”
The amended interzum itinerary will almost certainly make scheduling easier: The 2013 trade fair will take place from Monday to Thursday, rather than starting on the Wednesday as in the past, and therefore does not happen over the weekend. In addition, Koelnmesse cooperates closely with Deutsche Messe AG from Hanover, the organisers of the Ligna. The leading trade fair for the wood processing and manufacturing industry will be held in the week prior to the interzum. Thanks to this coordinated scheduling, overseas guests will now be able to efficiently visit both trade fairs.
The next interzum will take place from: 13th – 16th May 2013
Much more information is available at: www.interzum.com
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Assago, December 31, 2012 – The general assembly approved the exhibition calendar for 2013, including all the events that will be sponsored by Eumabois, the European federation of woodworking technology, tools and accessories manufacturers.
Exhibitions are one of the key topics on the federation’s agenda. Constantly committed to limiting the proliferation of events that only cause a waste of resources for companies, the organization selects and supports exhibitions that guarantee specific standards to exhibitors and visitors, representing an effective and tangible reference in the respective world region.
This year, two new exhibitions joined the network of Eumabois, which gathers 14 national associations including over 800 European manufacturers. So, welcome to Tekhnodrev Siberia, scheduled next 10 to 13 September in Krasnoyarsk (Russia).
“This is one of very few exceptions to our rule of supporting one and only one exhibition in each country”, said Franz-Josef Buetfering, president of Eumabois. “We took into consideration the huge extension of “Great Russia” and the long distance between Moscow, the second exhibition we are supporting this year. This is a region with huge raw material resources, where everything related to primary processing is very interesting. Furthermore, many companies are emerging that add value to these natural resources with subsequent operations”.
“The decision to include Woodworking (Minsk, Belarus, 1-4 October, editor’s note) in our network came after two years of contacts; in this period, we ascertained the value of this « small » exhibition in a market that is definitely not big, nevertheless has all it takes to offer significant business opportunities to European wood technology”, Buetfering concluded.
Following, please find the full list of 21 exhibitions included in the “Eumabois club”, key platforms to get in touch with the latest technology and most innovative companies.
EUMABOIS NETWORK 2013EXPOPROMUEBLE Mexico City (Mexico) 23/26 January DELHIWOOD New Delhi (India) 31 January/3 February FIMMA BRAZIL Bento Gonçalves (Brazil) 18/22 March WOODEX FOR AFRICA Johannesburg (South Africa) 21/23 March WOODSHOW Dubai (United Arab Emirates) 9/11 April DREMA Poznan (Poland) 16/19 April LIGNA Hanover (Germany) 6/10 May FITECMA Buenos Aires (Argentina) 2/6 July AWFS VEGAS Las Vegas (United States) 24/27 July ASEANWOOD – WOODTECH Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) 21/24 August HI WOODTECH Herning (Denmark) 3/6 September WOOD AND BIOENERGY Jyväskylä (Finland) 4/6 September TEKHNODREV SIBERIA Krasnoyarsk (Russia) 10/13 September LISDEREVMASH Kiev (Ukraine) September VIETNAMWOOD Ho Chi Min City (Vietnam) 25/28 September WOODWORKING Minsk (Belarus) 1/4 October WOOD PROCESSING MACHINERY Istanbul (Turkey) 5/9 October HOLZ BASEL Basel (Switzerland) 8/12 October WOOD-TEC Brno (Czech Republic) 22/25 October FIMMA VALENCIA Valencia (Spain) November WOODEX/LESTECHPRODUKZIA Moscow (Russia) 26/29 November
January 7, 2013 DIEFFENBACHER GMBH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau of Eppingen, Germany, and Carmanah Design and Manufacturing Inc. of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, are pleased to announce the signing of a Cooperation Agreement for the supply of Disc and Ring Stranding systems to Engineered Wood applications outside of North America.
Dieffenbacher is a global player with a rich and successful history of more than 130 years. As a supplier of complete plants, they offer innovative and comprehensive solutions for applications in the wood-based panel, automotive, and component industries. Carmanah, celebrating its 100th year in business in 2013, is the world leader in the supply of Disc and Ring Stranders to the Engineered Wood Industry with installations in North and South America, Europe, the UK, and New Zealand.
Dieffenbacher is extremely selective in establishing Cooperation Agreements due to their long-standing reputation for excellence. Carmanah, a supplier of high quality stranding equipment and with a comprehensive knowledge of strand production and optimization, is an ideal partner to provide capital equipment to the woodroom in an OSB mill.
Michael Colwell, Carmanah’s President and CEO, and Jim Best, Carmanah’s Executive Chairman of the Board, stated, » We are extremely pleased with this Agreement as it allows the companies to work closely together to offer customers an integrated and optimized solution for their woodroom requirements. ”
Wolf-Gerd Dieffenbacher, President and CEO of Dieffenbacher “ Carmanah is market leader for OSB stranders in North America with over 120 installations. With this and already some footprints in the EU, Russia, South America and New Zealand, we are confident that the cooperation will be successful. ”
The cooperation agreement between Dieffenbacher and Carmanah will cover Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America.
Existing Carmanah customers in these territories should continue to contact Carmanah for service and spare parts requirements. Existing Dieffenbacher customers shall continue to contact Dieffenbacher.
New customers can contact either Carmanah or Dieffenbacher to request information or a quotation for the supply of Stranding equipment.Carmanah Design and Manufacturing Inc. Unit # 8 – 15050 54A Avenue Surrey, B.C., Canada V3S 5X7 Phone: 604-299-3431 www.carmanahdesign.com DIEFFENBACHER GMBH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau Heilbronner Straße 20 75031 Eppingen, Germany Phone: +49 7262 65-0 www.dieffenbacher.com
By Andy Johnson | 12/07/2012 9:25:00 AM
Robust North American hardwood lumber exports continued in November to most regions except Europe. Shipments to China bumped up slightly in advance of Chinese New Year, and sales were brisk to most other Southeast Asian destinations. Several contacts reported higher European demand; most did not. Increased exports were noted to emerging Middle Eastern markets. Mexican business was stronger. North American lumber supplies tightened—especially in Poplar, FAS/1F Red Oak, and #2&3A Common Red Oak and White Oak—and prices for many green and kiln-dried items moved higher. While foreign buyers were generally accepting of price increases, some pushed back or looked for less expensive substitutes.
In September, the latest month for which trade data are available, U.S. hardwood lumber exports totaled 113 million board feet (MMBF), a 21% increase over September 2011. Exports in 2012 are now on pace to surpass the 2006 record of 1.34 billion board feet. Exports to Asia grew strongly during the first 3 quarters of 2012. Shipments to China alone were up 43 MMBF, while Vietnam, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia collectively upped their purchasing by 48 MMBF.
From Woodworking Network, A Vance Publication
By Andy Johnson | 10/26/2012 9:33:00 AM Woodworking Network, a Vance Publication
Northern producers will see continued good demand for soft maple and supplies could become tight. Hard maple supplies may similarly tighten if Far Eastern purchasing continues to pace ahead of last year. Among major Asian hard maple importers, only China is trailing last year’s pace.
Green prices have generally firmed ahead of what should be wider-spread firming in kiln-dried prices as supplies thin out. There will remain some downward pressure on white oak uppers through November, but red oak uppers will turn up sooner. Strong export demand will support additional Poplar price hikes before year-end.
With residential flooring plants, pallet manufacturers and tie treating plants aggressively pursuing raw materials—and crane mat and board road production seasonally higher—competition for low-grade lumber in the South will be quite intense this winter. Absent larger-than-expected sawmill production increases, we expect prices on these low-grade products to climb.
California’s new 1% tax on lumber sales, effective Jan 1, is intended to level the playing field for California producers, who are at a regulatory cost disadvantage to out-of-state companies. Since virtually all hardwood lumber sold in California comes from out of state, however, the tax will have very little net impact on hardwood sales.
Canadian housing starts have trended up for the past 18 months—albeit with much month-to-month volatility—but single-family starts in Québec and Ontario from Jul through Sept were 5.5% slower, on average, than during those same months in 2011. This explains some of the struggles facing Canadian strip flooring manufacturers.
Nicholas Creager recently pointed to the nuts and bolts of one of Iowa State University’s latest biofuel machines.
The 6-inch diameter, stainless steel pipe is the pressure vessel, which is essential for the system’s operation, said Creager, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering and biorenewable resources and technology. It’s a little over three feet long and about a foot across. It can contain pressures up to 700 pounds per square inch.
Then Creager picked up a dark gray pipe that’s a few inches across, is wrapped in insulation and fits inside the pressure vessel. It’s the system’s reactor. It’s made of silicon carbide and can operate at temperatures exceeding 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next was a finger-sized nozzle that mixes bio-oil with oxygen and sprays it into the top of the reactor.
Add a bunch of toggle switches, electronics, pipes, a sturdy frame and some very thick bolts and you have a bio-oil gasifier. It will allow Iowa State researchers to combine two thermochemical technologies to produce the next generation of fuels from renewable resources such as corn stalks and wood chips.
First, biomass is fed into a fast pyrolysis machine where it’s quickly heated without oxygen. The end product is a thick, brown oil that can be divided and further processed into fuels. Researchers sometimes describe bio-oil as densified biomass that’s much easier to handle and transport than raw biomass.
Second, the bio-oil is sprayed into the top of the gasifier where heat and pressure vaporize it to produce a combination of (mostly) hydrogen and carbon monoxide that’s called synthesis gas.
That gas can be processed into transportation fuels. It can also be used as boiler fuel to create the steam that turns turbines to produce electricity.
“We hope to be able to use cellulosic biomass as opposed to using corn grain for the production of fuels,” said Robert C. Brown, the director of Iowa State’s Bioeconomy Institute, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and the Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering. “This helps us move toward cellulosic biofuels.”
Brown said researchers have yet to perfect ways to biologically break down plant cellulose to get at the sugars that are converted to fuels. And so the Iowa State researchers are turning to nature’s solution.
“Nature uses high temperatures to quickly decompose biomass,” Brown said.
The bio-oil gasifier has been fully operational since June and has been converting bio-oil made from pine wood into synthesis gas. As the project moves beyond its startup phase, researchers will use bio-oil produced by Iowa State researchers and fast pyrolysis equipment.
The gasifier was built as part of a two-year, nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Another three-year, $450,000 grant from the Iowa Energy Center will allow researchers to study and refine bio-oil gasification.
Song-Charng Kong, an associate professor of mechanical engineering who’s leading the latter project, will build a computer simulation model of bio-oil gasification. The model will take into account changes in temperature, pressure and biomass. It will allow researchers to understand, predict and ultimately improve the gasification process.
The project will also develop a systems simulation tool that allows researchers to examine the technical, economic and big picture implications of bio-oil gasification. And finally, the project will develop a virtual reality model of a full-size plant that will allow researchers to see, study and improve a plant before construction crews are ever hired.
“The physics and chemistry will be behind all these models and images,” Kong said. “This is a very new area to study. We can use these models as a tool to understand what will happen as this technology is scaled up.”
Contributing to the systems and virtual reality models are Guiping Hu, an assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and Eliot Winer, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and associate director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center.
The ultimate goal of all the modeling and testing is to develop a new biorenewables landscape for Iowa and the country. The Iowa State idea calls for biomass to be transported to small, local fast pyrolysis plants that would convert crop biomass into liquid bio-oil. The bio-oil would be easily transported to bigger, regional facilities where it could be gasified and processed into transportation and boiler fuels.
One place to start building that vision is the high bay facility on the north side of Iowa State’s Biorenewables Research Laboratory. On a recent morning, Creager was there putting the bio-oil gasifier back together after completing some gasification trials. He planned to run the gasifier at higher pressures later that week, which is required for efficient fuel synthesis.
Once the machine is fully tested and operating at full speed, Creager said it could continuously gasify nearly 4.5 pounds of bio-oil an hour.
That’s enough to help researchers understand how the technology could one day contribute to an advanced bioeconomy.
The Wood Pellet Association of Canada AGM and Conference is slated for November 27 and 28 in beautiful old Quebec City. This year’s gathering includes a tour, networking evening, conference, and supplier showcase. Housed in the stunning Chateau Laurier boutique hotel inside the walled city, the WPAC AGM and Conference preliminary agenda has been set.
We are trying to arrange a visit to the Cité Verte district heating system – an urban central heating system composed of four boilers using wood pellets for space and domestic water heating (see the Sept/Oct issue of Canadian Biomass for details). This wil be followed by a networking cocktail at the Chateau Laurier.
- Executive director’s report on 2012 accomplishments
- Update on research activites
- Eastern Canadian logistics study
- Joint Canadian co-firing study with CCPC
- Review of carbon balance project being conducted with European partners
- Review of European Initiative Wood Pellet Buyers activities
- Canadian coal power emissions regulation and implications for Canadian industrial market
- Review of Canadian domestic market
- Review of international markets
- Evolving European sustainability requirements
- Supplier showcase
- IMO fire extinguishing update
- Business plan for 2013
- Election of officers
We would like to give associate members an opportunity to give short (ten minute) presentations to promote their products and services to the producing members. We will have room in the agenda for six suppliers. If you are interested, please contact me. Note – this opportunity is limited to members only.
Hôtel Château Laurier Québec
1220 Place George-V ouest
Québec City (QC) G1R 5B8
Tel.: (418) 522-3848 #649
Fax: 418 648-9929
Commerce, CA, October 23, 2012 - Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS®) has opened its room block for attendees that would like to get a jump on planning next summer’s AWFS®Fair. According to Kim Roehricht, Director of Operations, AWFS®Fair, « Participants can choose from 17 different properties most of which are under $100 per night, in addition to a couple of luxury resorts including the Wynn and the Palazzo. » Attendees can find complete information and make reservations by clicking here, as well as register to attend the Fair.
About AWFS: The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS), founded in 1911, is a non-profit organization that wholly owns and produces the biennial AWFS®Fair. The largest trade association serving the entire home and commercial furnishings industry, AWFS has more than 400 members, including manufacturers and distributors of machinery, hardware, software, tooling, lumber, components, wood products and supplies for the woodworking industry including cabinet, furniture, millwork and custom woodworking products.